Impossible Odds

Impossible Odds

The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six

Book - 2013
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In 2006, 27-year-old Jessica Buchanan arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, with long-held dreams of helping to educate African children. By 2009, she had met and married a Swede named Erik Landemalm, who worked to coordinate humanitarian aid with authorities in Africa. They moved to Somalia with hopes of starting a family. Then on October 25, 2011, Jessica and a colleague were kidnapped and held for ransom by a band of Somali pirates. For the next three months, Jessica was terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters, held in filthy conditions, and kept on a starvation diet. Every terrifying moment she spent suffering in captivity was matched by that of her adoring husband working behind the scenes to deal with her captors. After 93 days of fruitless negotiations, and with Jessica's medical state becoming a life-or-death issue, President Barack Obama ordered Navy SEAL Team Six to attempt a rescue. On January 25, 2012, the team of twenty-four SEALs attacked and killed all nine heavily armed hostiles. In riveting detail, this book chronicles Jessica and Erik's mutual journey during those torturous months.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2013
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781476725161
Characteristics: vii, 310 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Landemalm, Erik
Flacco, Anthony


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Jan 12, 2017

Excellent book. Compelling read.

Dec 05, 2014

This book is not as riveting a read as "House in the Sky". While some of the elements of the kidnappings are similar, Jessica, after being rescued wants, to focus on her own life and wants to put an end to "doing good in Africa" as she sees such efforts as a hopeless cause. I found the intervention by the SEALS informative.

kelleypoole Mar 11, 2014

This is an engaging read from the beginning, and you get a concrete sense of what this hostage lived through. The book switches around among portions by Jessica, by her husband, and by a third person. I skipped most of her husband's parts, as I found her recount of the kidnapping to be more of what I hoped for in the read. Some parts are a bit disjointed without a clarity or linear progression; but I suppose that is a product of editing.


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